Monday, November 12, 2018

My Cards and Tags: Giving Thanks Tag using Right at Home's Quirky Acorns stamps

This week's theme for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is thanks/thanksgiving.  I made a "Give Thanks" tag using a great stamp and die set from Right at Home called, "Quirky Acorns."


I started with Strathmore Mixed Media paper that I cut into a tag shape using the Sizzix Tag Collection die set.  I plastered on some white paint through Altenew's Halftone stencil.  I added Infusions and spritzed it with water.

I started cutting some acorns and loved the negative shape left in the paper squares I'd cut the acorn shapes out of.  I decided to use those as a decorative element in the background.  I finger-painted some Dina Wakley paint onto them and laid them out on my tag.

I glued my squares in place and added some of the other acorn elements I cut and stamped.  

I finished off my acorns by adding the acorn toppers that I colored with Distress Ink.  I colored around my squares with a black Sharpie.  I also added a blue and white wash over everything with my new favorite shade of Prima Impasto paint: Mediterranean.  I used some Tim Holtz washi tape to create a background area for my "Give Thanks" sentiment, which I typed out on my We R Memory Makers typewriter and glued onto my tag.

Here are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

There are so many things to be thankful for and I can't wait to see how you interpret our theme this week!  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.

Monday, November 5, 2018

My Cards and Tags: Christmas Tree ATC's

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we're being challenged to make our own backgrounds!  And we're using fabulous Carabelle Studio products.  I made a Christmas tree ATC trio.
I started with Strathmore Mixed Media paper cut into ATC size.  I stamped circles with Carabelle Studio's "Ronds" texture printing plate.  It's meant to be used with gelli printing, but I use these as stamps.  I heat-embossed the image with white embossing powder.  I then sprayed Marabu acrylic art spray and Distress Ink Sprays onto the paper, spritzed with water and added some Infusions color stain.

Next I used Carabelle's huge "Stitched Mixed Media" background stamp.  This came as one big stamp, but I cut it into sections.  I know!  It was scary to cut up a stamp, but I say if you can make your stamps more versatile and suited to YOU, then go for it!

I stamped some images onto my cards with Distress Embossing Ink, then heat-embossed them with black embossing powder.

I had a collage sheet leftover from another project I made that is filled with washi tape and color.  I cut that into circular frames and scalloped sections, which I glued onto my cards.

The colors were looking a bit too crazy and these cards lacked a focal area, so I toned them back down a bit with white and added trees and sentiments.

I also added some snow made with white paint and a Simon stencil.

The sentiments are from a couple of Flora and Fauna stamp sets and another one by Hello Bluebird.

I won't say that I'll get ahead of the holiday game this year, but at least this post is proof that I was thinking about Christmas when it was still early in November!

Here are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see you create your own fantastic backgrounds this week!  Be sure to upload your projects to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp!